What is ISO 17025 Testing and Calibration?
ISO 17025 is the standard used by testing and calibration laboratories to ensure their ability to produce consistently accurate test and valid test results. Generally labs must hold accreditation for their results to be accepted as accurate, and accreditaion provides customers (including regulatory authorities) with assurances that the tests and calibrations performed in laboratory are correct and reliable.
A prerequisite for a laboratory to become accredited is to have a documented ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System. ISO 17025 includes many common aspects to ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems, however ISO 17025 is more specific in requirements for competence to guarantee the test results and calibrations are consistently accurate.
Benefits of ISO 17025
QAS International has experienced consultants available to develop and implement a certification ready ISO 17025 Management System.
By implementing ISO 17025 you will:
- Ensure your laboratory test and calibration results are accurate
- Provide a system for nonconformance, root cause analysis, corrective action and continual improvement
- Provide a framework for the management of customer communications
- Streamline operations and identify efficiencies
- Ensure lab staff training, qualifications and competencies and managed, maintained and monitored
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